On my latest trip to London, I visited the Tate Modern Museum. Though I walk past the ugly building on almost every trip to London (I just love South Bank!) I’ve never actually been inside.
It houses a network of four art museums, the United Kingdom’s national collection of British art, and international modern and contemporary art.
I’ve taken some pictures of my favourite pieces in the museum. There were some pieces of art that totally went over my head – I’m not sure if I’m just not clever enough but I just looked like someone put some leftover scrap on the floor and deemed it art. Though amongst the weird art I did get, there were many interesting and beautiful pieces.
The tower of radios was really cool. The radios were all on, some tuned into a station and some with white noise. It gave a very eerie feel.
The tower is called Bable and is by an artist called Cildo Meireles.
In describing this work, Meireles refers to a ‘tower of incomprehension’ (quoted in Tate Modern 2008, p.168). The installation manifests, quite literally, a Tower of Babel, relating it to the biblical story of a tower tall enough to reach the heavens, which, offending God, caused him to make the builders speak in different tongues. Their inability to communicate with one another caused them to become divided and scatter across the earth and, moreover, became the source of all of mankind’s conflicts.
Anyway, here are some of the photos I took, enjoy!